Both of VMC’s Pain Management Service veterinarians became officially Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioners through the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management in 2013. Certification was a rigorous process, and after many hours of pain management specific continuing education, internship, demonstration of competency in pain management related skills, case reports and a challenging certification exam, Dr. Polly Fleckenstein and Dr. Michelle Burnett accomplished their goal of certification. The skills and knowledge they gained through the process allow us to provide more pain free and quality time for our patients to spend with you, the pet owner.
Pain due to acute or chronic conditions can often be very challenging to identify and address since our pets are non-verbal. Chronic pain can become a disease process of its own, regardless of the initiating cause. Most people do not think of pain as a disease process, but its effects are debilitating.
The very best time to intervene is early in the pain process, so please don’t “wait it out” if you believe your pet is in pain. Sometimes pets hide their pain for some time, however, and we can certainly help your patient at almost any stage in their injury and/or disease situation. Some of the conditions that we have treated successfully are: chronic osteoarthritis, acute and chronic Intravertebral Disc Disease, cancer patients, degenerative myelopathy, and amputees, just to name a few.
The VMC Pain Management Team welcomes any questions you may have and looks forward to helping you and your pets!
We had so much fun on Sunday at the Canine Carnival! We helped dozens of doggies cool off in our doggy pool and with some tasty (to dogs!) sno-cones. We heard lots of dogs were adopted thanks to the record-breaking crowd.
Thank you to everyone who came out.
Check out the photos from the event on our Facebook page
And don’t forget to LIKE us while you’re there!
Smiles and sno-cones aside, we did have to put on our Emergency hats for some not-so-fun business: the business of helping our pets feel better. We were lucky to have some of our best emergency folks right there to help a couple dogs who had a hard time with the heat. They knew just what to do!
We hope you’re all feeling better!
3nd Annual Canine Carnival
New location, Live concert, Red Cross Blood Drive and more…
Canine Carnival 2012 is on the way with even more animals and fun things to do including a live concert. The date is Saturday August 4th 10am to 4pm at a new location, Longbranch Park in Liverpool.
Admission is FREE. It will be held rain or shine. We encourage everyone to bring your pets.
Last years Canine Carnival event was another incredible success with more than 50 vendors and animal rescues represented, food, music, 6000 people attending and best of all, more than 100 dogs finding good homes. Our new location features much greater parking capacity with many additional vendors and rescues being represented.
Along with the live concert at 2pm, other new features this year include a Red Cross Blood Drive on site, dog washing & grooming, a Kids Play area and Sports Zone featuring local sports teams. Horse carriage rides around the park will be available. Spay & Neuter Syracuse (SANS) will offer micro- chipping for your pet. Veterinary Medical Center of CNY will have an emergency triage center on site for your pets.
Proceeds from the Canine Carnival go to the Priscilla Mahar Animal Welfare Foundation who has donated nearly $30,000 to animal welfares and rescues in central NY.
VMCCNY is proud to sponsor this event and look forward to seeing you there!
“Thank you all for taking such wonderful care of our “little guy” Bently over the past few days while he got back on his feet again! Your knowledge, kindness and compassionate nature helped to make our medical emergency much easier to bear. We truly appreciate all that you did to help Bently enjoy the rest of his summer!”